Dabney, R.L. – Sacred Rhetoric, Lectures on Preaching

Sacred Rhetoric, or Course of lectures on Preaching

DELIVERED IN

THE UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE U.S., IN PRINCE EDWARD, VA.

BY ROBERT L. DABNEY, D.D.,

PROFESSOR OF SYSTEMATIC AXD PASTORAL DIVINITY.

” Ergo fungar vice cotis, acutum Reddere qua ferruna valet, exsors ipsa secandi.” Ep. ad Pi.s. L. 304.

Summary: This is a series of 24 lectures on preaching and interpretation of the Bible. This is really a preparation for a preacher before he enters the pulpit.

CONTENTS

Lecture 1. Introductory 13

Lecture 2. The Preacher’s Commission 30

Lecture 3. Distribution of Subjects 49

Lecture 4. The Same Topics Continued G3

Lecture 5. The Text 74

Lecture 6. The Text (Continued) 93

Lecture 7. Cardinal Requisites of the Sermon 105

Lecture 8. Cardinal Requisites of the Sermon (Continued) 121

Lecture 9. Constituent Members of the Sermon 137

Lecture 10. Constituent Members of the Sermon (Continued). Explication and Proposition 154

Lecture 11. Constituent Members of Discourse (Continued). Argument and Conclusion 168

Lecture 12. Sources of Argument 179

Lecture 13. Rules of Argument 191

Lecture 14. Rules of Argument (Continued) 205

Lecture 15. Division of the Argument 214

Lecture 16. Persuasion 233

Lecture 17. Persuasion (Continued) 247

Lecture 18. Preacher’s Character with Hearers 261

Lecture 19. Style 271

Lecture 20. Style (Continued) 288

Lecture 21. Action 303

Lecture 22. Action (Continued) 318

Lecture 23. Modes of Preparation 328

Lecture 24. Public Prayer. 345

PRINTED FOR THE USE OF HIS STUDENTS.
RICHMOND:
PRESBYTERIAN COMMITTEE OF PUBLICATION.
1870.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by CHARLES GENNET, in trust, as TREASURER OF PCBLICATION OP THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES,

In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the District of Virginia.

THIS book is dedicated to my younger brethren, the Alumni and Students of Union Theological Seminary, as a mark of esteem and gratitude for that courtesy, kindness and propriety which, without a single exception in seventeen years, have governed their deportment toward me as their teacher; and as an affectionate effort to promote their efficiency in their blessed and solemn work.

R L. DABNEY.

FEBRUARY 7, 1870.

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